BruceWayne wrote:If you have good grades and law review, it should not be that hard to land callbacks. With the way that law firms hire (essentially on transcript and only secondarily on other factors for most candidates), the bar for a good interview just isn't that high.
What this means is that you are coming across as downright uninterested and likely even have some physical appearance issues ( I don't mean the way you look, but rather, how you are dressed). What exactly are you wearing in these interviews? What fit are you wearing?
One thing that I think people have mentioned that is suprisingly important is to smile. Smile, sit-up straight, and come across as professional. The latter is harder than you might think for someone k-JD because you've never been in a professional environment. What this means is that you should be talking slowly, calmly, and directly. You should be maintaining eye contact and you should not be fidgeting during your interview. Stay still. Further express that law school has shown you how interesting and challenging litigation can be. And that you like the intellectual challenge of coming up with a winning argument. However, mention that as a 2L you have had no exposure to transactional and thus are very curious as to what that practice is like. Explain that you like the idea of all parties working toward a common goal where everyone sees a positive outcome in the end. Further explain that you are also curious about approaching law from a business oriented perspective.
No, I was trying to come across as animated and excited. It didn't work, so I tried being more dry and laid-back today. I am naturally a pleasant person who gets along well with others, but I don't dominate a room. My wardrobe/hygiene is about as perfect as it gets with the straightest, whitest teeth you have seen (artificial of course). Believe me, I got advice from multiple practitioners on this before OCI. The fit is perfect and tailored. I shower 2 times a day and have the straightest, whitest teeth around. I am also probably in the 80th percentile for looks (I am not arrogant in person at all. I am just stating the facts here to rule things out).
My CSO finally gave me some feedback from one of the firms, and my issue was not being comfortable with the interview process/nervousness, NOT perceived lack of interest. My new IDGAF approach seemed to make the interviews go a lot smoother and more conversationally. Instead of focusing on selling myself, I focused instead on finding ground with the interviewers. I had 4 today. I actually have 14 left. (I miscounted drastically in the OP). The CSO said, after talking to firms, that I was on the razor's edge for two firms yesterday but just barely missed a CB.
I think I just don't stand out anywhere for whatever reason. I've actually come to the conclusion that I will stay in school through the fall semester 2L, and if I don't get a decent job, I will use that time to figure out how to switch to either smartphone/software/petroleum engineering (my school is one of the best for this). I've got tons of GI Bill benefits (nearly 110 credits left from my service before undergrad) I can still use, so debt would not be a problem. I'm only 25. I've decided to take not getting a job this semester as a divine sign that I ought to be an engineer since I am super good at math (just was a little lazy in undergrad so I studied History in spite of a 710 on the math SAT and a 760 GMAT).
I have decided that, for my last 14, I am just going to go in relaxed and make casual conversation to the interviewers. I am not going to try so hard anymore. If they like me, great. If they don't, I'll know that, if there is a God, he or she clearly does not want me to do law. I already feel much better about my 4 interviews today, and I have 1 NYC callback to go to (V10) that I got from a mass mailing screener.
It's really nice to have a backup plan.
Also, I am at UT, if that helps at all. Thus, our OCI is NOT like lottery OCI where callbacks are mostly based on grades. For us, callbacks are mostly based on making a connection with the interviewer since those without the grades are unlikely to be in the interview room at all (except for a very, very, very few lotteries).